Metropolitan and Element 3D V1.5 Now Available!

The year has just began and already the Element 3D update is available and  our MASSIVE new 3D Buildings pack, Metropolitan!

The past several months, have been insane! A life consumed by rooftop-details like air-conditioners, heli-pads and industrial-antennas. Our team worked very hard to push the quality of the buildings to incredible heights and we are excited to finally make it available!

Visit Metropolitan product page now!

Watch Metropolitan Trailer in HD on Youtube

Element 3D:

We’ve also added some serious new features to Element 3D such as Animated OBJ Sequences, Real Time Glow with Chromatic Diffraction. Plus Custom Anchor Point Control, Draft Rendering mode and even ambient occlusion per material. Plus this update is 100% Free, past customers can log-in and download right now!

Watch the Element 3D V1.5
New Feature Video

Free Upgrade to V1.5:
Download Element 3D V1.5

January 23rd, 2013 @ 1:30 am
Downloaded the update. Very cool......but I own cinema 4d and it doesn't support obj sequence export. Is there a other way to import animated sequences in element or only obj???
    January 23rd, 2013 @ 12:47 am
    January 23rd, 2013 @ 1:41 am
    The Plexus-obj-sequence-exporter is well worth the money.
    January 23rd, 2013 @ 2:48 am
    woohoo, it works! I was a little sceptic about the plugin. Because a saw somewhere that it didn't render faces of an obj. But it turned out that they updated the plexus plugin! Sorry to bother you guys! Love the update!
    January 23rd, 2013 @ 4:54 am
    Riptide pro does this very well too:
    January 23rd, 2013 @ 5:19 am
    Hey Wenluc, I would hugely appreciate if you told me how you exported the sequence from Cinema to Element with the Plexus obj Exporter???

    When ever i try, the obj sequence is flat in the element plugin, IE: No material gives it reflection, it does not have ambient occlusion in the comp or anything!!

    Am i missing something?

    Cinema 4D R14, CS6, E3D 1.5.
    January 23rd, 2013 @ 11:44 am
    he Matt, have you applied a material to the object in cinema 4d?
    January 23rd, 2013 @ 12:07 pm
    Matt, I see what you mean! I have the same problem. When I drop my pro shaders presets on the obj model it's just flat. I didn't see it before because I was to exited to test it out. So I just drop in a new material on a cube in C4D and animated it. Now I tested it........I guess.......there goes my money :-(
    January 23rd, 2013 @ 1:05 pm
    The plexus exporter is good for point data used by plexus, but for Element it is has to render polygons. The issue is that it doesn't export the polygon normals for the models, so when you first import the sequence it will look grayed out (and I don't believe it has an option to export the normals). You can hit the auto-normals button in Element and it will generate normals and you can adjust the threshold to get it looking ok. But the auto-normals in Element could possibly bog down the speed of your project a bit if it has to do this for a 100 file-plus sequence, and sometimes may not look as desired. So far in my experience, the Riptide Pro plug-in does a better job as it has more export options (such as exporting normals, uvw coordinates, etc,). Not to say it doesn't have its own issues, but for the most part its does the job well. There's also a free trial period if you want to check it out, Elfedelaizk linked to it.
    January 23rd, 2013 @ 1:26 pm
    Thnx guys! Already bought the plugin, haha. Riptide pro works excellent! Just a shame that I wasted my money on plexus. These two plugins together are almost worth a model pack from videocopilot ;-) but he at least I got it working now. So.....on with my project! And thnx again.
    January 23rd, 2013 @ 11:27 pm
    Wenluc yeah me too, I purchased the plexus OBJ exporter, as I aslo use plexus, but Im sad to see having Element use Auto Normals can slow down the scene!! Does the Riptide Pro Plugin work well with Cinema R14? This plugin however, is now, for me since the obj sequence, its the bridge my workflow has needed for many months!!! Big ups Kramer and crew!
    January 23rd, 2013 @ 11:31 pm
    Thanks Dustin for that info!! really Appreciate it! Do you use Riptide with Cinema R14?
    Filip Vijoglavin
    February 11th, 2013 @ 4:36 am
    Hello good people of videocopilot! Save your money and use free 3D software called "Blender". You can export your animation in obj sequence.
grant imbo
January 23rd, 2013 @ 1:40 am
amzing product andrew, keep it up!
January 23rd, 2013 @ 1:44 am
Amazing man, I did a 3d city scape once in maya and took weeks just to get the rendering looking right, next time I got some spare cash I'm going to buy Element 3D, Even though I have a masters in VFX using Nuke, I learnt AE through you and that's what I use most of the time. Your a Legend.
    January 23rd, 2013 @ 5:09 pm
    I am totally agree. I've been using Maya for more than five years and to see the final render or fix lightning with VRay or Mental Ray can take weeks to get it right, but this is helping workflow a lot. Thank Andrew and the team who make this happend. Will be nice Andrew if you expose them so we can know who is behind the Element 3D.

    Thanks again. God Bless America!
    mony bony
    January 26th, 2013 @ 7:03 am
    rendering in e3d look like vray rendering yeah?
January 23rd, 2013 @ 1:48 am hi andrew please check out to this video i want your comment
January 23rd, 2013 @ 2:02 am
that sounds cool!
January 23rd, 2013 @ 2:13 am
woooow i can't believe . VERY thanks Andrew
Kevin Schires
January 23rd, 2013 @ 2:14 am
Nice job, the reflections work pretty well even though it's an env map.
Let's hope this will stop people from asking for ray-traced reflections!
January 23rd, 2013 @ 2:39 am
Congrats, guys, good work!
January 23rd, 2013 @ 2:46 am
My eyeballs are burning... That is the second E3D demo you've released that quite frankly, gave me goosebumps! Can't wait to see what people achieve with this (however, so far, the element 3D attempts I HAVE seen, are mostly terrible)
January 23rd, 2013 @ 2:58 am
Andrew please read this
i don't have an account on your website and i want to download update please help me i want to download this FREE UPDATE if it's actually FREE!
waiting for the future model pack because i need that more ;)
    January 23rd, 2013 @ 2:14 am
    Its a free update for those who bought Element 3D. Its not free for everybody. But its totally worth every cent.
    Sven Van Lathem
    January 23rd, 2013 @ 2:24 am
    Dude, it's an update to the Element 3D 1.0 that they are selling. If you didn't buy Element 3D you can't update it... and you had to make an account on VCP to buy it
    January 23rd, 2013 @ 2:36 am
    How did you buy Element 3D without an account?

    The update is free if you bought E3D, and if you havent bought it, it is not free.
    January 23rd, 2013 @ 2:53 am
    Maybe he was a tester of the original Element 3D or maybe he has a pirate version...
    January 23rd, 2013 @ 3:20 am
    Guys i have element 3D the problem is i don't want to use any accounts i want the update file that's all i want!
    i'm having problems with my account and i don't want to use it, i'm not looking for solutions i just want this update!!
    January 23rd, 2013 @ 7:33 am
    Same problem. I brough E3D but i cannot now signin for download the 1.5 version update.
    IDK why.. :/ Its ridiculous !!!!
    Agree with matin..
    Anyone wanna help me out can anyone send the file by mail to my mail adress given below. Help will be really apriciated.. Please
    January 23rd, 2013 @ 7:49 am
    If you can't login then you should contact VCP support, not ask others for the file.
    John doe
    January 23rd, 2013 @ 9:05 am
    Man ! This is impossible ! If you LEGALLY purchased E3D, then you automatically have an account !!

    If you forgot your password, contact VCP and they will help you !

    Otherwise, you are just a pirate or a wise guy trying to dupe us !
    January 23rd, 2013 @ 10:23 am
    Some people are just not very smart - unbelievable! I hope no one falls for this.
    January 23rd, 2013 @ 11:21 am
    Please contact support (at) if you are having problems with your account. We're here to help.
    January 23rd, 2013 @ 2:35 pm
    ok i'll see what i can do.
    but i remembered the optical flares update didn't need any account but OK i'll see what i can do with the support
    January 26th, 2013 @ 12:41 pm
    Dude, no pian ,no gain
    February 5th, 2013 @ 9:31 am
    Please contact support for the update... Just saying you own it doesn't prove it. I had a few probe and they're happy to help and really quick at replying. Try it.
January 23rd, 2013 @ 3:15 am
Very very nice. But... what is that Bacon folder, inside your models folder?
    January 23rd, 2013 @ 11:08 am
    pretty funny that the cop car was in the bacon folder haha
January 23rd, 2013 @ 3:29 am
Alright... looking so frickin' forward to that one! ;)

Is there a descent OBJ-Sequence exporter for max 2012 available?
I am currently using the gw::OBJ exporter Plugin which doesn't seem to support OBJ-Sequence.
January 23rd, 2013 @ 3:57 am
Great job ¡ we like it
January 23rd, 2013 @ 4:00 am
Andrew, Man you are awesome.pure genius.. WELL DONE BRO!
January 23rd, 2013 @ 3:09 am
it's just the best!! :)
January 23rd, 2013 @ 4:11 am

Just lets hope that a new bundle will be made with Metropolitan + Vehicle (announced when Element came out, still waiting for that one) for those who bought the full bundle when Element came out in first place.
January 23rd, 2013 @ 4:58 am
Wow this Pack rocks....though I have noticed you don't seem to get as many buildings as it seems in the Demo ??
    January 23rd, 2013 @ 11:12 am
    I was wondering this as well. 15/104/104 in pack but 30/156/115 in demo video. What are the extra models?
January 23rd, 2013 @ 5:41 am
Short Film and Element 3D - Psalm 23:4
    January 23rd, 2013 @ 8:09 pm
    Nice! I like the pages lifting from the street. Nice cinematography there. The demons are creepy. Love the one that's crawing around. You picked a good bad guy too! Good job.
    January 24th, 2013 @ 8:41 am
    Thanks Shawn!
Mack Ignacio
January 23rd, 2013 @ 5:41 am
I can't download the update of Element 3d V1.5
    January 23rd, 2013 @ 11:24 am
    Please contact support and we'll help you out
    January 29th, 2013 @ 8:57 am
    the update is only for those who purchased the element 3d 1.0.345 im like you i cant download the update
January 23rd, 2013 @ 5:58 am
You are making history Andrew!
January 23rd, 2013 @ 6:16 am
I have CS6, the new updated Element 1.5 - I use Cinema 4D R14 with the Latest Plexus obj exporter that is Compatible with R14, I export a 100 frame OBJ sequence, import to element perfectly, but the OBJ sequence in Element is flat, there is no material, and if I apply a material to it nothing happens? Absolutely no shading, it doesnt have ambient occlusion nothing! Is this a big waste of my money?
    January 23rd, 2013 @ 5:48 am
    AUTO NORMALS!!!!! Life saver! Can safely say this update has opened a whole new way of solving the Projects im working on at the moment!!!After 2 hours of flicking every option on and off 100 to -100 it was Auto Normals!
January 23rd, 2013 @ 6:52 am
Here's my first test with Metropolitan. Kind of reminds me of something else...
    January 23rd, 2013 @ 4:21 pm
    Damnit you beat me to the punch! I wanted to do the exact same thing haha. Looks awesome dude!
January 23rd, 2013 @ 7:13 am

Do you have any plans in the near future to release a model pack with vehicles and jets that you use in your examples? Maybe even add in a falcon?
January 23rd, 2013 @ 7:15 am
It looks like I will have this same issue except for Lightwave 3D 11. Anyone know how to render OBJ sequences for this? Thanks, Eric
January 23rd, 2013 @ 7:37 am

Are the buildings fractured so I can make them crumble?

January 23rd, 2013 @ 7:44 am
thanks for the great 1.5 patch!!!

Unfortunately, I have found out that the problem with the lights (more than 6 lights won´t work - textures/materials will be colored/lighted wrong) still exists.

Will this "bug" be solved in v2.0?

best regards
    January 23rd, 2013 @ 7:28 am
    Hey @Rod
    Can you upload & mail me the update version 1.5 of element 3D..
    Cause i cannot sign in for some reasons I tried hardest it wont work.
    I really need it
    email :
    January 23rd, 2013 @ 9:04 am
    Hi Rod,

    Could you email support with your computer specs so we could help you find a solution?

January 23rd, 2013 @ 8:19 am
Hey Andrew,

How hard would it be to blow up one of those buildings? (and make it look good)

Love this website and your tutorials by the way.
January 23rd, 2013 @ 8:25 am
Why Element cannot handel the 16'' / 20'' file for a magazine cover.
when i open it it do crash (WHOLE AFTEREFFECT)
says - element cannot suport this resolution.
Not even in this new 1.5 version.
I thought you guys fixed that bug i mention nearly 5 times in comments everywhere previously :(
    January 23rd, 2013 @ 6:00 pm
    Confused - Are you trying to import a magazine cover image for use in video, or trying to output 3D stuff from Element for use in a print cover?

    Using a ~300dpi print-res image anywhere in AE is likely to suck up available memory, because each frame can only handle so much. This has nothing to do w/Element - it's a limitation of AE and a result of you using the wrong image format. If you're trying to create a video showing the magazine cover, you'd first need to convert the print-res magazine cover image to screen-resolution. It can still be a high-res/lossless TIFF or PSD, but save it at 72dpi instead of 300.

    If you mean you want to export something from Element to include in the printed cover, you need to create just the 3D at whatever size you need, and integrate it in Photoshop, or Illustrator, or a program actually meant for print graphics.
January 23rd, 2013 @ 8:42 am
Amazing pack and update! A suggestion for a new pack, I had to make a couple of commercials with gears and I did them in 3ds Max. Having a gears pack available would have made life a lot easier. Keep up the great work!
    January 23rd, 2013 @ 9:43 am
    What type of gears Chad ???
    In the motion design graphics pack there are loads of machine parts etc etc??
    January 23rd, 2013 @ 10:36 am
    Slogan. Thanks for the reply! I do have that pack but the project I was working on required a BUNCH of different gears that I had to make in 3DS Max. It would have been so much easier to have a pack and use AE instead. :)
    January 24th, 2013 @ 6:08 am
    You could have always exported the gears out of 3ds Max and used them in Element? Considering you've already made the gears, would save you having to buy a pack that VC probably wouldn't release anyways.
    January 25th, 2013 @ 7:08 am
    Daniel, I actually thought of that..........after I completed the project :)
January 23rd, 2013 @ 9:10 am

had no time looking into the 1.5 update yet, but please tell me you guys added support for a global texture/object folder and added a Replace Model button!
January 23rd, 2013 @ 9:26 am
Wow ! Just purchased the Met pack ! This is great ! I needed that for a project of mine.

There is only one problem... Where is Racoon City ??
    January 23rd, 2013 @ 9:59 am
    That's classified.
    January 24th, 2013 @ 4:09 am
    Hey ! I paid good money for this package plus the whole bundle !!

    There should be at least a hint as where to find Racoon City !! Plus, I don't see any zombies !!
    January 26th, 2013 @ 1:42 pm
    Alain, are you making a Resident Evil fan film or something, I'd like the MET pack but I need element 3d 1.0 and 1.5 first. Lack of money gets in the way everytime. It will be mine....oh yes it will be mine. Mr A Kramer, get buddying up with Mr JJ Abrams as he's working on the new Star Wars. Your lightsaber tutorial could come in handy for it. ;)
January 23rd, 2013 @ 10:18 am
So looking forward to picking this up shortly! Playing with glow engine in new v 1.5. Looking forward to using this in a project right now.
January 23rd, 2013 @ 10:55 am
You've got the rain, but where's the Space Needle?
    Ed Ferguson
    January 23rd, 2013 @ 10:52 am
    Landmarks would be cool.
January 23rd, 2013 @ 11:22 am
Looks fantastic, and I'll definitely be purchasing within a few weeks. One question though, in your demo of the Metropolitan pack you showed us how to use the "prebuilt city" models (and tile them.) In that section there are a series of empty road/street blocks. I was wondering if you might be able to demo/explain how one could easily add buildings to these empty sections to create custom city blocks. Would one simply draw a custom shape, place that in 3D space, and then use that for the particle generator on top of the block?

Thanks for all of your hard work/advice. Love your stuff!

    January 23rd, 2013 @ 11:21 am
    you could have the empty block on Group 1 and add separate buildings on different groups and place them where you like.
January 23rd, 2013 @ 12:15 pm
I just downloaded and love the pack!
But I wonder about the Ae templates mentioned in the video. Where does it install them?
January 23rd, 2013 @ 12:29 pm
Has anyone else had issues with the new update messing up aspect ratios? I was using Element v1.03 in a 1440 x 1080 comp with an aspect ratio of 1.33 to match the video I was editing it into and when I installed the update the Element animation became stretched. I ended up having to revert back to the old version so I don't lose all the work I did. It's really going to suck if the update messes up all the aspect ratios on my old projects.
January 23rd, 2013 @ 12:40 pm
I smell like a vehicle pack coming, or maybe a green pack with trees plants etc... because we can't built NY without central park, or a pack with animated objects...
You have recreated the Pandora's box.
Greetings these products are really great
    January 26th, 2013 @ 1:44 pm
    Or an "alien world, city, forest etc" pack
January 23rd, 2013 @ 12:59 pm
I know this site is catered towards AE but I think under these circumstances, some in-depth C4D tutorials are called for.
January 23rd, 2013 @ 2:08 pm
Hey Mr Kramer! Are there any plans on you guys releasing a more 'European' style collection of buildings? As much as I would like your pack, it doesn't look anything like a London landscape. Your buildings are too new! :(
    January 23rd, 2013 @ 2:22 pm
    Would love to! We will look into this for sure.
    January 23rd, 2013 @ 2:55 pm
    I second this. A colonial/European pack would be great. A lot of these buildings don't work for cities like DC/Boston/Philly etc. They're too 'new'. That said, they do look fantastic.
    January 23rd, 2013 @ 11:57 pm
    Yeah I'd love a European city pack as well. Metropolitan automatically places the scene in the US or maybe one of the huge Asian innercities. There is no city in Europe that looks like this, with all the ornaments on centuries old houses you'll find in European inner cities, the ancient civil buildings, catheadrals, old churches, and what not.
    January 24th, 2013 @ 1:43 am
    I will go even further : famous monument (Eiffel tour, Rome coliseum, Tokyo tower, Sydney opera,...), gas station, places of worship (church, cathedral, mosque, Jewish temple, Asian temples,...), ...

    Many possibilities, many packs to be made :)
    January 24th, 2013 @ 7:12 am
    I'm living in Germany right now. Would gladly send you reference pics of different buildings if that would be helpful...
    January 26th, 2013 @ 9:49 am
    Actually I have to say as far as requests for future packs, this really is one of the best yet. This is a wonderful idea :0)
January 23rd, 2013 @ 2:39 pm
Hey this is amazing!!! Great pack and a lot hard work on this Andrew!!!

I`m wondering if you are planning to making that transportation pack...!!!
i mean with planes,cars and stuff!

Keep the good work!
January 23rd, 2013 @ 4:17 pm
Andrew! do you have in mind make animated PACK now since you made this dream a reality for those who dont know how to work on 3D software yet??? thanks
January 23rd, 2013 @ 4:18 pm
For folks using Blender, it supports OBJ sequence export. No additional scripts needed like C4D. :P
    January 23rd, 2013 @ 6:50 pm
    Thanks Tom, you saved me checking that out! I'm one of the poor kids on the block who can't afford C4D.
January 23rd, 2013 @ 4:46 pm
Mr Andrew
In the near future can you implement export feature so when you build your scene in element you can export any 3d scene file like fbx or something ?
January 23rd, 2013 @ 4:55 pm
Wow, that's amazing!
Oliver Sparrow
January 23rd, 2013 @ 4:59 pm
Andrew! You would be my hero if you gave away just one building for freezies! Please, please, please do so. (However, you already are my hero, but it would be awesome if you gave away a 3D model of a building)
    January 23rd, 2013 @ 9:09 pm
    Seriously Oliver? That sounds pretty moocher. :)
January 23rd, 2013 @ 5:18 pm
Thanks for that handy spike filter! Getting rid of those pesky spike invaders is way easier now :). Such a relief not to deal with them anymore
January 23rd, 2013 @ 5:27 pm
My first CITY with METROPOLITAN PACK!!! Fun Fun!
January 23rd, 2013 @ 5:34 pm
Nice Update. Awesome Metropolitan Pack!!!! Thanks VCP Team!!!
January 23rd, 2013 @ 5:40 pm
Btw some old buildings would be really cool. Maybe even some Favela Ghetto Packs, Arabic Buildings, Old Barns, Russian Buildings, Bamboo Island stuff and so on... I guess a lot of people would buy and appreciate it...
Thanks again for the great work and ambition you put into Videocopilot....
January 23rd, 2013 @ 6:10 pm
I am totally agree. I\'ve been using Maya for more than five years and to see the final render or fix lightning with VRay or Mental Ray can take weeks to get it right, but this is helping workflow a lot. Thank Andrew and the team who make this happend. Will be nice Andrew if you expose them so we can know who is behind the Element 3D.

Thanks again. God Bless America!
January 23rd, 2013 @ 7:30 pm
These products are INSANE. The gratitude to VideoCopilot for what they due is impossible to quantify..singlehandedly motivated me to move from traditional graphic design to motion graphics.

@Andrew Kramer - I think the Metropolitan promo or page mentioned pre-built cityscapes...are these completely fictional or do they have loose resemblance to actual cities? Same goes for the building models...any actual representations of real world buildings are just all original VC creations?

Either way, SICK, SICK STUFF! Impossible to even comprehend all the possibilities.
January 23rd, 2013 @ 9:59 pm
any future hope for OBJ sequence animal pack ? bats, insects , birds etc.... or OBJ sequence blood splatter pack in 3d for freeze motion matrix style ?
January 23rd, 2013 @ 9:18 pm
An hour and a half of work, testing this thing far from perfect but this has massive potential!! Have a look thanks VCP!
January 23rd, 2013 @ 11:54 pm
For some reason the update seems to lock up or I cant see the Element interface now, and its super aggravating... I click on edit scene and its like the window is there 'somewhere' but I cant see it anywhere.

    January 24th, 2013 @ 12:03 am
    Try holding down Shift and clicking on the scene setup to reset the window position.
January 24th, 2013 @ 12:10 am
I still Have to say, Im super happy with this update, not so happy I have since found out Riptide pro is better OBJ exporter for c4d, However, auto normals seems to work OK, does it/would it slow down the comp?
January 24th, 2013 @ 12:18 am
Wow Andrew!! That was the fastest customer service I've ever received, from the source too! Now where can I find those preset project files, and thank you so much! Amazing product, as usual.
January 24th, 2013 @ 12:25 am
It says 10 city templates.. I don't see those AE project files. Maybe I'm missing them somewhere?

January 24th, 2013 @ 1:18 am
Nice job with the update!
Does the OBJ sequences support motion blur?
    January 24th, 2013 @ 1:57 am
    Since OBJ sequences do not contain sub-frames for interpolation so we recommend using a plug-in called Realsmart Motion Blur for adding motion blur. It's quite fast and inexpensive from
    January 24th, 2013 @ 3:37 am
    Andrew....why don't you try and establish VCP as a licensed re-seller or Reelsmart Blur? Just a thought ;)
Zafar Sahel
January 24th, 2013 @ 2:12 am
hi mr.andrew i want to purchase this metropolitan pack.but i don't know how to sign up for an account in your web site .
January 24th, 2013 @ 2:53 am
OBJ sequences are cool, but why did Point cache? Problems with motion blur would not, and do not use the plug Realsmart Motion Blur. Will Point cache added in the next update? Thanks for the coolest plug Andrew :)
PS: Sorry for my english
Ruben Monteiro
January 24th, 2013 @ 4:06 am
Have someone tried AO new feature with camera DOF? I'm having some issues with green and black lines that appear in the comp. Does someone had the same issue?
    January 24th, 2013 @ 5:35 am
    Same problem here with DoF. I have contacted the support.
    January 24th, 2013 @ 7:13 am
    Okay, I have fixed the problem with the latest graphics cards driver.
    Ruben Monteiro
    January 24th, 2013 @ 8:58 am
    Hi Rod, glad to know u solved this ; ) you're on windows right? I tried to do the same (update the drivers) but i'm on a iMac and the only way that i know how to update drivers is through the software updater and it says no updates available. I already contacted support but if someone knows a workaround on this i would appreciate the help.
January 24th, 2013 @ 4:10 am
Great news !!!!!!!!! Really cool that you have made the 1.5 upgrade for free ! Would really appreciate to know what you think about my last production !!
Durgesh Jagtap
January 24th, 2013 @ 4:47 am
hats OFF too you mannn
truelyy AwsomEEEE!!!!!! wowwwww
January 24th, 2013 @ 5:13 am
Just a quik tip !

For those of you who would like to add more 3D objects to their library, just follow this link:

You can find nice FREE 3D obj files. You can also find some for a fee.
January 24th, 2013 @ 5:52 am
Hey Andrew,
Could you provide a tutorial or two on how to combine the buildings with real footage?
For example using a Helicopter flying through a street showing people walking, or someone standing on the roof of a building and you fly over and zoom into the person?
January 24th, 2013 @ 6:03 am
Hi Andrew,
I think there are so many more options now to think about.

How about:

Urban Packs ( Domestic houses, shops, parks, trees etc)
Sweets ( Candy )
Christmas Pack
Easter Pack
Office Pack ( Creating arrays of desks and Partitions etc, fly through a MET pack building into an Office Floor, SuperMarket )

Just a thought
January 24th, 2013 @ 6:58 am
I Have A Question For Element 3D When I Texture A Helicopter The Helicopter Is Not Texture Properly Why ? Please Give Me A Answer And is This Posible to give me a tutorial For This Please give Me And Element 3D is Realy Cool And Also You Are Realey Cool Thanks A.K
jeff shrin
January 24th, 2013 @ 7:31 am
Since updating yesterday, all my projects with Element in them won't render. I get a spinning pinwheel then a "AE not responding" in my Activity monitor. I tried rendering without any Element efx solids and I can render those. I have fixed my permissions and reloaded finder, but I am out of ideas... any suggestions?
January 24th, 2013 @ 8:27 am
Love the metropolitan-pack, and will definitely buy it as soon as possible! Check out some of our VFX-projects on youtube, where we use Element 3D as much as we can! Thank you, and keep it up Andrew!
January 24th, 2013 @ 9:44 am
Hello everybody,

awesome update, awesome pack!!

One question: where do I find the 4k images, that Andrew uses in his tutorial, for the background and the environment? Is it in the metropolitan pack? And if yes, where? Any suggestion is appreciated. :)
    January 26th, 2013 @ 5:43 am
    I also could not find the 4k images. Anyone?
January 24th, 2013 @ 9:44 am
Hi Andrew

Here how to do sign up??? Please
January 24th, 2013 @ 9:53 am
Yeah, so I knew about the Glows added to 1.5, but when I saw the Obj sequence support I nearly collapsed out of my chair. I have a Maya/Vray project that I estimated an 11 DAY render for, or about $650 on rebusfarm. I couldn't use Element because about 15 seconds of the 5 minutes worth of frames would have deformation. Now it looks like you guys have saved me a bunch of time/money :) So thanks for that!
January 24th, 2013 @ 11:21 am
Hey Andrew, looks awesome but can you post up some images of how the metropolitan pack looks from the street level? Also is there any plans to release more buildings and such? Maybe a set of very run down buildings or buildings that are broken as you would see in a post-apocalptic setting. Keep up the good work!
John Ford
January 24th, 2013 @ 11:28 am
Awesome pack. I was wondering for future tutorials if you could go over a method for breathing life into the city streets. Adding fractal noise for fast moving car headlights works ok, but it would be great to see a workflow for adding randomly generated particle people that stay between the buildings and have some depth.

Also would it be possible with future updates of element to incorporate some type of dynamic shift between wireframe and composite outputs? In the demo there is a fairly linear wipe between the two, but it would be great to see different sections of each building slowly form into the final texture. Thanks again for an amazing pack!
Xavier Moscoso
January 24th, 2013 @ 11:29 am
HI, I might be missing something, I just bought the Metropolitan pack, to use only with C4D, but i cant figure out how to use it??? I fallowed the instructions but it only installed a folder in my documents call VidioCopilot there is a file there with a epack extension ??? Btw im using a Mac.

January 24th, 2013 @ 11:33 am
Element 3D Ocean Simulation Tutorial:
    January 25th, 2013 @ 3:59 am
    Great work. One of the few original (and good) Element work ive seen outside here.
    January 25th, 2013 @ 7:32 am
    Thank you very much for this. It is very helpful and clear. I was thinking we might need a basic tut on creating Blender sequences and voila!
January 24th, 2013 @ 11:37 am
I have maya objs that were modeled in quads and uvd. Once importing them into Element3d for look dev assign a material i can't really see the material on the obj. The model just looks black. Any ideas?What i am doing wrong?
    January 25th, 2013 @ 9:07 am
    I found out its just the Normals i had to reverse it.
January 24th, 2013 @ 11:38 am
i will recomended our client and friend for new 3D element andrew :D
Great job !!
this my reel
January 24th, 2013 @ 1:41 pm
hopefully in the future VC will create their own plugin for c4d and other apps for exporting/importing instead of needing a 3rd party plug like riptide.....something like what zbrush and realflow have made.
the future is looking great with vc, keep it up guys, your setting the new standard for customer satisfaction and service, great job!!
January 24th, 2013 @ 2:06 pm
The pack is just amazing.
I have a question I am wondering where to find the models .OBJ files. I found maps file, but for models only a big .epack file (as for any additional pack).
Thank you.
    January 24th, 2013 @ 2:47 pm
    You can download the alternate 3D files from the product page. The epack is for Element only.
    January 24th, 2013 @ 3:07 pm
    Thanks a lot :)
January 24th, 2013 @ 2:15 pm
So far all I've seen is the tops of the buildings. Any chance of doing a demo with footage of the ground level so we can see what that looks like? Thanks
January 24th, 2013 @ 3:28 pm
Hey Andrew,

Awesome work on the packs. Just heard the JJ Abrams is directing the new star wars. Does that mean that you will be working on star wars???? That would be awesome!
January 24th, 2013 @ 2:53 pm
Variety just said that jj Abrhams will direct th next star Wars i hope that once again you will be involved
January 24th, 2013 @ 4:03 pm
So there are supposed to be some city templates and AE project files, anyone find those in there anywhere?
January 24th, 2013 @ 4:13 pm
Great update! I'm soo ready to give this a whirl, only thing is, I don't know how to export to an .OBJ sequence. I downloaded the script, ran it, and "exported", but can't seem to find the file. I know I did something wrong. Anybody got ideas?
January 24th, 2013 @ 4:34 pm
I am like 2 days away from buying this. I fully appreciate the hard work that goes into this. Thanks VC team!
January 24th, 2013 @ 4:41 pm
This brand new pack is really cool, you guys are amazing!
Here is a test for metropolitan, I kind of use it as a matte painting:
January 24th, 2013 @ 5:41 pm
Would still really like to know where those 10 templates and aep files are. Thanks guys!!

Awesome work.
January 24th, 2013 @ 5:47 pm
Hey everybody... I'm thinking Brothrer Andrew might have a gig working on the new Star Wars. His good buddy J.J. will be the director. How about that Andrew? Any chance?
    January 27th, 2013 @ 3:05 pm
    The Flare is strong with this one.
January 24th, 2013 @ 5:57 pm
Hey made this video using Element it is a Star Wars Parody, tell me what you think?
    January 25th, 2013 @ 6:32 pm
    Wow was pretty amazing ,keep doing your videos , you are doing them very well , and if you like come and see my youtube channel named quark , we upload videos every week
January 24th, 2013 @ 6:47 pm
Once again Andrew does more amazing work. I was wondering if anyone knows if the 3DS Max plugin, Rayfire, can be used on this Metropolitan pack???
January 24th, 2013 @ 10:42 pm
JJ Abrams/Star Wars!!!!! maybe a Cloud City model pac??? what do you think Andrew?
January 25th, 2013 @ 1:21 am
Dude! This is outrageous...the combo of Element V 1.5 and Metro is a gift at this price. You're spoiling us all with work of this quality at this price point. That said, please don't stop!
January 25th, 2013 @ 3:13 am
Can anyone help please?

I have downloaded the patch to upgrade my existing Element 3D. All my models and presets have disappeared from the E3D window.

I have not purchased Metropoloitan. Do I need this to make the patch work.

Many thanks and my apologies if I have missed the blindingly obvious :-)
    January 25th, 2013 @ 6:50 am
    Did you install the V1.5 patch over your existing Element install, or did you uninstall element, and then install V1.5. I installed the patch over my existing Element & my presets stayed the same.

    In the Element workspace, hold Shift and click File in the top left corner. You should see an option that says "Relink Presets", try that & see if it works! Good Luck!
    Mikey J
    January 26th, 2013 @ 5:47 pm
    I'm having this issue as well. Tried relinking the presets but it just sits there with a window open that says "Relinking Presets..."
January 25th, 2013 @ 7:59 am
If you mutli fracture an object, the plugin/way you fracture it keeps all the materials per face/polygon!! How do you get all this UVW data to element??? because element is only giving my UV mapping ability with OBJ sequence!! When i import my OBJ sequence into element, I texture/material the fracture OBJ sequence but when i RAM preview, the material looks as if it is "slipping" through the material? (in a frontal mapping sort of way?
so confused! been through a whole day of fracturing baking and exporting! haha
January 25th, 2013 @ 11:30 am
I, like other on here can't seem to find the preset project files. Where do they live?
Element 4D
January 25th, 2013 @ 12:09 pm
Hello Andrew, I know you are a busy and laborous guy and all but whatever happened to Element 3D supporting Intel motherboards? A few months ago you said on a blog post comment that it's a hard job to make Intel support Element...but aren't you going to do anything about it? I am dying to use Element...;(
January 25th, 2013 @ 12:59 pm
Just one word.

January 25th, 2013 @ 1:22 pm
Have you considered offering a damaged building metro pack!?
Steve Green
January 25th, 2013 @ 1:39 pm

I know other people have asked about the AEP templates for Metropolitan mentioned in the promo material, do they install somewhere and I just haven't been able to find them, or were they overlooked?

No-one seems to have answered this question yet.


January 25th, 2013 @ 2:09 pm
The Metropolitan Pack is really super nice it would be full of horny yet with snow
the houses
but otherwise tip the guys at the VC habens really crowded on it keep it up
January 25th, 2013 @ 2:58 pm
Guess since JJ will be directing the new Star Wars we may get some spaceship .obj files. Look forward to AK titles/lens flares!
January 25th, 2013 @ 4:59 pm
Check out these 2 Renders :) These models are really detailed !!!!!!!
    January 26th, 2013 @ 8:15 am
    Cool! :) Which additional soft you used for render?
January 26th, 2013 @ 3:27 am
i made my first city and first cam-moves this morning and i was sooooo happy! Thank you for this great Plug-In! U rock!!
Greets from Germany!
January 26th, 2013 @ 5:09 am
Hey andrew i love you man this is ultimately cool man!!!
oh and i recommend you to get a Asus GTX680 DirectCU II TOP they're kickass!!
because you deserve it and you need this kickass VGA even thou you have GTX 580 but 680 stays cooler and it goes to 1208 Mhz by overclocking!
Keep it up man!
January 26th, 2013 @ 6:16 am
Hey Andrew, great Package.
I'm looking forward to see a "Coruscant" Version of Metropolitan. Come on, you have to admit a thought like that came to your mind since Disney confirmed the JJ deal ;)
January 26th, 2013 @ 10:10 am
Well Element 3D V1.5 really works, the Draft feature is a life saver...
Check out my little Element Test
The smithy
January 26th, 2013 @ 11:43 am
JJ Abrahams is now confirmed as director as Star Wars ep VII. We all now here that he is a big fan of mr Kramer. So I reckon video copilot might be getting some work for Star Wars. If this happens I can't express my excitement for Andrew and copilot team. WooHoo if it happens , and it will. Even it's just a title sequence. Lets see what happens
January 26th, 2013 @ 1:10 pm
I would be thank VC for Element 3D and especialy for Metropolitan Model Pack...125 dolars is very fine price and works fanstatic. Today I try to make samo metropolitan ,who can ,checkt it :
January 26th, 2013 @ 1:20 pm
This pack is pretty good, but, why always look like cartoons?

Thanks for all!
January 26th, 2013 @ 2:41 pm
Will someone in support please help, I pushed the button to buy the metropolitan Pack and somehow the order got switched to Element. I already own element and need the Metropolitan Pack. Can someone help me get this turned around today ?????

    January 26th, 2013 @ 2:24 pm
    Hey guys, you can count on the VideoCopilot team to come thru. Even on a Saturday afternoon when an order get messed up, they turned it around in an hour.
    Much thanks to VideoCopilot....
    February 7th, 2013 @ 1:02 pm
    They're always best in everything :D
January 26th, 2013 @ 2:49 pm
To Andrew,
Just been getting back into Heroes Season 1, and there is a nice explosion of New York because of a bomb going off (not saying no more due to spoilers) would it be possible to have the buildings in the Met pack shatter as if an A bomb has destroyed them? maybe a destruction building pack would be cool too.
January 26th, 2013 @ 11:55 pm
This is truly amazing. You're continuously revolutionizing AE with Element 3D and all the packs! This is great! Thank you Andrew Kramer and the Video Copilot team!
January 27th, 2013 @ 1:30 am
Nice and amazing pack. And i wonder how to create the effects of light strip running along 3D buildings' surfaces revealing another texture as seen in the promo video? anyone has an idea?
Ingo Smitt
January 27th, 2013 @ 6:10 am
Hello Andrew,

I wonder, why elements 3d doesn't read the mtl-files to the obj-files and place the materials / texturing automaticaly when importing the obj's

Seems that didn't change even in V1.5

January 27th, 2013 @ 8:47 am
Hey Andrew!

Great new models you have there! I downloaded them and made a commercial for my company :)
January 27th, 2013 @ 2:59 pm
i can not download Metropolitan and Element 3D V1.5 ... it shown sign in...
Can you guide me how to register ? because there is no option to Register only Sign in ..

    February 7th, 2013 @ 12:59 pm
    Buy Element 3D !!! Because i am seeing u some guys saying you cant register and update.. because if you would buy it you were knew how to get free update Andrew giving Element Customers. Dont use pirate versions please !!!!!!!!! Cause they work hard for us. They have all rightS to get paid what they worked for so hard from lots of days.
    [ Anyway I dont wanna overwhelm : But you questions answer is - if u will buy element then you gonna be able sign in for download the free update ]
January 28th, 2013 @ 6:10 am
Hi, big fan and daily user of element! VC team, I have a problem adding materials now in 1.5. For example, i had a free spitfire model, got it all lovely for the party with some heinkel bombers. then I upgraded to 1.5, and then I separeted teh propellers so i could spin them in element, but when i went to "redecorate" I find I can't use the images, which are tga or something like that. also dds. my old nice spit is still there, but what do I do now? I'm sure I've missed something, eagerly awaiting advice. I have a strafing run planned and my planes are naked!!!
January 28th, 2013 @ 7:30 am
Why has the Metropolitan Pack no Cover to download like the other packs?
January 28th, 2013 @ 9:23 am
Just bought the pack. Looks great.

One question though...where are the 10 templates?


Leo B
January 28th, 2013 @ 2:39 pm
i cant seam to be able to download the update, its not accepting my old registration data ie my email and password
January 29th, 2013 @ 12:25 am
So I have a rigged character animation in maya 2012. I assume I need to bake the animation to export it as a Obj sequence (i have a script) but I have no idea how to bake the animation in maya, any help would be appreciated
January 29th, 2013 @ 1:57 am
Any future plans for v.2 to be able to save/export extrusions made in E3d as obj? I'd love to see my titles disintegrate and/or shatter. Love this plug-in!!
    January 29th, 2013 @ 12:51 pm
    Hey man, you're in luck, you can actually do that in V1.5, when you are in the Element workspace with your extruded text, hold 'Shift' and click 'File' in the top left corner, you will get an option that says 'Export .obj', it is Legit!
    January 29th, 2013 @ 7:50 pm
    Shut the front door! Awesome news. Gonna have some fun with that. Thanks!
    February 2nd, 2013 @ 5:36 am
    Great Idea Matteus
January 29th, 2013 @ 12:55 pm
Just curious Andrew, but I think you worked on the Upside down trailer, am I correct? The first official use of Metropolitan in the interstitial cards?
January 29th, 2013 @ 3:29 pm
Quick question. Is it possible to use an .obj sequence as a particle array? (The only reason why I haven't tried it myself is because I just thought of it now, and my machine is currently rendering (in AE)

If so, then I would like ask if there are any side effects that may occur as a result?
    February 6th, 2013 @ 7:15 am
    DearOne. You can. But May be it will be heavy scene. That gonna need greater machine to render though. You were doubting with same problem I guess . :) Hehe
January 29th, 2013 @ 8:28 pm
Hi Andrew,

Is it possible to create the layout of the city and then select a few buildings to export to 3DS max, create some destruction to those buildings and then import them back into AE with the same position ?

it would be a nice way to do layout for destruction shots.


January 30th, 2013 @ 8:39 pm
Please, what font is used for the METROPOLITAN type? Thanks.
    January 31st, 2013 @ 11:55 am
    A bold version of agency gothic I believe.
    January 31st, 2013 @ 10:38 pm
January 31st, 2013 @ 3:12 am
Fringe style detected
agustin zammarrelli
February 1st, 2013 @ 8:19 pm
andrew i cant sign in to download the update, im registered in the forum, but how can i sign in this site, please help, i want the update
February 4th, 2013 @ 2:17 am
sir,please make some tutorials for 3d max !!!! nobody understands it the way you do!!!!
Deepak Mistryq
February 4th, 2013 @ 6:20 am

how you create glow travelling on the building

please make tutorial for that

Deepak Mistry
February 4th, 2013 @ 10:43 pm

how you transition wireframe building to normal building

    February 6th, 2013 @ 4:11 am
    That is z-pass compositing work. Like you do composite something using matte to fill that up in 2D. "Zpass" is the way do same things in 3D :]
Amedeo M
February 5th, 2013 @ 4:32 am
I am not able to log-in or register a new account at all. I realy want to download this update, please help me
    February 6th, 2013 @ 4:19 am
    Have you purchanged Element 3D ? If not then you canot login or download update. If you brought Element then contact support . They can help you out :]
Samuel Domingues
February 7th, 2013 @ 4:28 pm
Great update!! :)
Thanks VC for your hard work! Can someone explain me the correct way (Wich maxscript do you use, do I have to bake the animation?) to export an obj sequence in 3ds MAX? I´m dying to break things apart.
Ron in Calgary
February 8th, 2013 @ 10:08 am
Got it, thanks Andrew and team!
I'm stuck on how to create a city that is built on hills, and too place some buildings on top of the different land levels, any suggestions?
February 11th, 2013 @ 10:06 am
I'm for sure getting this!
Aren't you guys at VC also making a landscape pack? The one we all saw in the demo reel of Element 3D? Or ist it just a false alarm?
February 12th, 2013 @ 3:02 am
Element 3D update 1.5 with the obj import and Metropolitan Pack is fantastic. Makes me and my ideas going mad. Congrats to the Kramer Group.
February 13th, 2013 @ 11:46 am
hi guys. i find problem (im not know ask anyone about this before me) with multi-object. it dosnt work with russian!!! ...sorry for bad english.tnx!
February 17th, 2013 @ 11:57 am
fantastic , I'm thinking about buying the metropolitan city , may I if this pack works with Element 3D v1.0 or do I have to get the update v 1.5 for the city to work ? thanks
February 21st, 2013 @ 6:41 am
How can we make the rain effect? Thanks Andrew! Good job!
February 21st, 2013 @ 9:30 am
I think you could develop a lot more products in the future. Create "City Packs." New York, LA, Chicago, Tampa, Orlando, Miami, etc. I need these for corporate work.
Brian Pace
March 5th, 2013 @ 10:33 am
I have scoured search results but cannot find a solution to the problem we have at our shop. Here's what we keep running into:

Using V1, when we collect AE projects, the link between textures (and I believe OBJ's) is getting lost. Whether the project is collected (using 'AE collect files') or simply moved in the Finder, all the models are untextured when the project is opened after the move.

Again, I can't find a fix, workaround, or even comment about this. If anybody knows how to resolve this, it would help immensely. In our shop, we have to swap projects around a lot. So, unfortunately we cannot change that aspect of our workflow.

Thanks in advance,
    March 5th, 2013 @ 11:23 am
    Collect files does not work with Element 3D, you will need to manually copy the files into the Video Copilot Model folder on the destination system.
March 11th, 2013 @ 12:46 pm
Greetings! Quick question that's completely off topic. Do you know how to make your site mobile friendly? My web site looks weird when browsing from my iphone. I'm trying to find a theme or plugin that might be able to fix this issue.
If you have any recommendations, please share. Thank you!
March 17th, 2013 @ 7:47 pm
I savour, lead to I discovered exactly what I was
taking a look for. You have ended my 4 day long hunt!
God Bless you man. Have a nice day. Bye
September 11th, 2013 @ 3:33 am
My work with Element 3D:
October 29th, 2013 @ 4:49 am
Hi, very nice very nice I love you. Information and I have always seen a steady
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